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Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Convicted In 2002 Journalist Murder Case

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| January 11 , 2019 , 16:43 IST

A special CBI court in Panchkula declared Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others as the culprit of journalist Ramchandra Chhatrapati murder case, Media reported on Friday.

The sentence will be pronounced on January 17.

Ram Rahim was accused of orchestrating the killing of Ramchandra Chhatrapati, a Sirsa-based journalist, for openly criticising the Dera chief in his newspaper titled 'Poora Sach'.

Panchkula DCP Kamal Deep Goel imposed Section 144 of CrPC throughout the district Thursday.

Police personnel have also been deployed near the Sunaria Jail in Rohtak where the 51-year-old sect head is currently serving a 20-year term.

Speaking to media, Rohtak's Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Tahir Hussain said"We have heightened the security of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim."

"We have established four more police posts, five patrolling parties around the jail, PCRs and three more inspectors have been put on the duty," he added.

Journalist Ramchandra Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002 after his newspaper, 'Poora Sach', published an anonymous letter narrating how women were being sexually exploited by Gurmeet Ram Rahim at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa.

The journalist later succumbed to injuries and a case was registered in 2003. The case was handed over to the CBI in 2006.

The Dera chief is already lodged in Rohtak's Sunaria jail, serving a 20-year prison term for raping two of his women followers.

On 25 August 2017, 41 lives were claimed and scores of people were injured after violence erupted in Panchkula and other towns of Haryana following Ram Rahim's conviction.